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SALISBURY — The NCWorks Career Center Rowan is looking for employers that hire former offenders to participate in the Second Chance Job Fair on July 23, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The NCWorks Career Center will help applicants create a resume if needed at the center, 1904 S. Main Street. You can also call 704-639-7529.

BenchMark Physical Therapy opens outpatient clinic in Salisbury

SALISBURY—BenchMark Physical Therapy opened an outpatient clinic at 850 Jake Alexander Blvd. West.

The clinic is open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. BenchMark offers in-clinic and telehealth options for outpatient orthopedic physical therapy, including manual therapy, injury prevention, return to performance, total joint replacement, concussion management and vestibular rehabilitation programs.

Clinic director Hannah Kiziah earned a bachelor’s degree in recreational science from Western Carolina University and a doctor of physical therapy degree from Lynchburg College. She is certified as an orthopedic clinical specialist and in trigger point dry needling. She has completed advanced training in chronic pain treatment.

To make an appointment, call 704-209-4711 or visit


Rowan EDC unveils new ‘AgBioscience’ brochure, new name

Rowan County is preparing to grow the “AgBiosciences” field with a new recruitment effort.

Since Rowan County has access to farmland, bigger cities and higher-education institutions, it is able to expand into the field of AgBioscience, the Rowan County Economic Development Council said in its weekly newsletter. With a focus on converging food, agriculture and science industries, the Rowan EDC has created an AgBioscience brochure to target industries that hope to do just that.

“There are countless resources in the area that make Rowan County an excellent candidate for companies in the food processing, agriculture and bioscience industries,” said Rod Crider, Rowan EDC president. “We have the NC Food Innovation Lab right next door in Kannapolis, access to the NC BioTech Center, and a great water resource with the Yadkin River. We’re hoping to take advantage of these resources and find and create new partnerships that will be beneficial to companies across not just Rowan County, but the entire Charlotte metro and Piedmont Triad areas.”

To aid in the recruitment efforts, Rowan EDC is partnering with Applied Marketing to engage in a targeted recruitment campaign, set to get underway shortly. The EDC collaborated with Miller Davis on the creation of the AgBioscience brochure.

The Rowan EDC is also noting it has changed the commission in its name to council. The now-Rowan Economic Development Council is meant to better represent the organization’s public-private partnership. The private sector will become more closely involved through up to five additions to the Rowan EDC board of directors. Previously, the board consisted of 10 total spots: seven appointed by the Rowan County Board of Commissioners, two by the Salisbury City Council and one by the other towns in the county. The board originally ratified the proposals in February, which have since been approved by each of the Rowan County municipalities and went into effect in June.

“We’ve seen over the last year and a half how important it is to have the support of both our local governments and private-sector organizations,” said Crider. ” ‘Council’ is a term which reflects that partnership between public and private, while ‘commission’ is generally a public-sector term.”


Additionally, the Board approved a change to the fiscal year, joining it with the calendar year. The upcoming half-fiscal year will go from July 1 to Dec. 31 before the next full-year fiscal term begins on Jan. 1.

Kannapolis Police Department welcomes new police officers

KANNAPOLIS — Four new officers have joined the Kannapolis Police Department.

The officers have completed their basic law enforcement training and are now starting their field training. The new officers are Crim Christopher, Nathan Feinstein, Tyler Lewis and Cody Meadows. As part of their field training, each officer is assigned to two experienced Kannapolis Police Officers in the patrol division for the next five months.

Christopher is a native of Pennsylvania and graduated from Walsh University in Ohio with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and applied criminal justice. He graduated from the basic law enforcement training program at Mitchell Community College. He is the son of Mark and Stacie Crim of Reading, Pennsylvania.

Feinstein is a native of Raleigh and he graduated from Louisburg College with an associate degree. He completed his basic law enforcement training at Wake Technical Community College. He is the son of Adee Feinstein and Patty Buryi of Cary.

Lewis is a native of Wisconsin and he served in the U.S. Army from 2016 to 2020. He also graduated from the basic law enforcement training program at Mitchell Community College. He is the son of Sharon Lewis of Indiana.

Meadows graduated from East Rowan High School and attended Catawba College. He completed his basic law enforcement training at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. He is the son of Terri Hosch and the late Phillip Hosch of Mooresville.

Three Rivers Land Trust recognizes four new board members

SALISBURY — Three Rivers Land Trust announced the addition of four new board members to its board of directors on June 11.

The new members are Karen Auman from Randolph County, John Bartlett from Harnett County, West Hunter from Iredell County and Frances Willis of Scotland County.

Auman is a native of North Carolina and has lived all across the state from the Outer Banks to the mountains where she served in regional, county and state positions with concentrations in tourism and emergency operations. Karen has both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from UNC-Greensboro. Before her retirement, Auman worked in public service for 38 years.

Bartlett is a professor in wildlife ecology at Campbell University. Bartlett received his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech, his master’s degree from the University of Tennessee and his doctorate from the University of Maine. As an ornithologist, his research has touched on land cover changes and how it relates to bird species abundance. Bartlett initiated the first Three Rivers Land Trust college chapter this year.

Hunter is returning to the board of directors. Hunter graduated from North Carolina State University with an undergraduate degree in political science and government. Hunter is the owner of Hunter Construction Group as well as Hunting Creek Farms, a wedding event venue.

Willis is the final member joining the board of directors. Willis has spent the past 57  years helping make decisions about family land management. Willis runs three businesses in downtown Laurinburg with the help of her husband.

In addition to bringing on new board members, two outgoing board members were recognized at the June 11th board of directors meeting. John Broadwell of Cumberland County and Vince Zucchino of Moore County both joined the board of directors in June of 2019 when Three Rivers Land Trust merged with Sandhills Area Land Trust.

Lutheran Services Carolinas secures $186 million for future projects

WILMINGTON — Truist Securities secured the $186.8 million tax-exempt bonds for Lutheran Services Carolinas. The financing includes a combination of $145.6 million fixed-rate bonds and $41.3 million in bank financing provided by Truist Bank.

The bond offering resulted in orders totaling $1.5 billion with the all-in total interest cost of 3.37%.

Salisbury-based Lutheran Services Carolinas plans to use the money for construction of Trinity Landing, a 184-unit senior living community that will will be constructed on the Intracoastal Waterway in Wilmington. Completion is scheduled for 2022.



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